A relatively new treatment is available for a limited time to Israelis suffering
from chronic neck, back and other bodily pains.
Sidika Ashauer, a
certified performer of Atlas PROfilax, is based in Holon and offering this
treatment until the end of October.
Ashauer, who lives in Australia but
has worked with clients all over the country, is offering her services in Israel
after a successful visit several months ago, during which she treated dozens of
people suffering from symptoms related to atlas misalignment.
offers a wide range of other therapeutic services, such as Japanese acupuncture,
remedial massage, trauma resolution and dance therapy.
The concept is
simple: The first cervical vertebra, commonly known as the atlas because of the
way it cradles the skull and connects it to the spine, is responsible for our
ability to nod and rotate our heads.
The atlas is supposed to be held in
place by two styloids on either side, which grow in sometime before the age of
However, Ashauer explained, for several reasons, most people suffer
a misaligned atlas – some people from the doctor grabbing their heads as they
are born, others from traumatic injuries. When the atlas is misaligned, it is
twisted and dropped on one side, like a see-saw, she said.
The weight of
the head, subject now to gravity, is crooked, causing compression and structural
pain primarily in the neck and back. The twist in the atlas runs through the
entire body, often causing one leg to be shorter than the other and throwing off
pelvic rotation, she explained.
When the atlas’s alignment is corrected,
so is the weight of the head, which Ashauer said allows the patient to feel
lightness and more length of the spine.
“The effect of the treatment can
be immediate,” she said, and it is often felt as more muscular freedom in the
neck. Over the weeks and months following the treatment, success can manifest
itself in many ways – sufferers of chronic pain, herniated discs, fibromyalgia,
migraines, neck pain, and even insomnia, depression and allergies can see a
tapering of symptoms.
Ashauer described the Atlas PROfilax treatment as
“a unique and revolutionary method that provides pain relief and healing on many
levels – body, mind and spirit.”
The treatment of a misaligned atlas was
revolutionized by René-Claudius Schumperli, who suffered a neck injury as a
child and searched for relief for years, said Ashauer. Between 1993 and 1996,
Schumperli worked on perfecting the current procedure – a one-time treatment
that is said to return the atlas vertebra to its correct position.
treatment itself is quick and minimally invasive. First, Ashauer uses gentle
manipulation of the neck to assess the degree of misalignment. Then, the patient
reclines and Ashauer checks the severity of pelvic rotation, and the length of
the patient’s legs. Finally, she uses something like an electronic stylus with a
pulsating knob to manipulate the misaligned atlas into its correct place,
circling the area with the stylus several times and applying
She has treated hundreds of patients over the past five years,
noticing that many of them experience relief of not only physical symptoms, but
mental and emotional symptoms as well.
“The compression that the atlas
can cause on your spine is like a kink in your hose,” Ashauer said. “You don’t
have the optimum flow, and if it is severe enough, it can cause things like
learning disabilities, fatigue and depression.”
She recalled several
specific cases in which she had treated students who were in the bottom half of
their classes. Some six months after treatment, they were already performing
In other cases, she said, children she had treated
had grown out of scoliosis. The reason for the shift in mental and emotional
health may be due to the shift in the spine as well, which in turn allows the
connection between the brain and rest of the body to flow more
“The response [in Israel] has been amazing,” she said. “People
may initially be anxious or fearful, having experienced other unsuccessful
treatment or from the stress of living in constant pain.”
potential clients can come, meet with her free of charge and then decide if they
want to continue with the treatment.
“To be able to help anybody is what
I enjoy,” she said. “It’s not work!”
If interested in Atlas PROfilax by Sidika
Ashauer while in Israel, contact her at 052-263-6447. In Australia, she can be
reached at 04-2780-5405. Visit her website for more information at